The MadHats

The MadHats

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Music's own Keller Williams calls The MadHats "fantastic!" For something completely original with a perfect blend of emotion, composition, and musicianship... experience "The Hats" and realize their mission of madness.

Biography

The MadHats have quickly become one of the premier live bands in the Midwest. Their high energy performances and deranged musical arrangements make them a one of a kind musical spectacle. The MadHat’s three piece lineup consists of Justin Olson on guitar and vocals, Mike Brennan on bass guitar, and Chris Tetreault on the drums.

The MadHat’s music offers an original sound in a mess of current pop music forms and stylings. Satirical lyrics blend with progressive compositions, while musicianship takes center stage. Constant rhythmic and dynamic changes and mixing of odd and even time signatures characterizes The MadHat's sound. A "Hat’s" fan describes them as being a “smoothie blended on high…,” alluding to their mixing of a variety of musical forms and incredible energy. The MadHats are a totally improvisational experiment, and their music is an intoxicating, psychedelic marmalade with a hard blues/rock bite to it. A music critic for "The Rapid City Journal" describes The MadHat's music as an, "outrageous and totally unpredictable ride, rooted in a range of musical styles, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Pink Floyd to Modest Mouse." "[The MadHats] turn music on its head. And with the band’s booming popularity, a new album in the works and a music video on the way, it looks like upside-down is the way to be." Even music's own mad scientist, Keller Williams, quoted The MadHats as being "fantastic."

The MadHat's first full-length album, 'Songs for the Common MANiac,' was released in 2006 by the independent label, Aberdeen Originals. The band then released a live/animated music video for the single "Get On." The album has seen great reviews, radio play, and distribution with giants such as Itunes, emusic, rhapsody, and Amazon. Just recently, The MadHats released their much anticipated sophomore album 'Flight of the Jabberwock.'

The MadHats are building a fanbase in the trenches by continually providing intense and mesmerizing live performances all over the Midwest. Keep your eye on The MadHats as their career and endeavors continue to shake the world of music!

Lyrics

OSHA

Written By: Justin Olson

Floatin’ down well stocked corridors
My legs are tired and my ears are bored
Of easy listenin’ and screamin’ children

Giant asses put in their baskets
The discounted items that keep them massive
The well designed packagin’ makes them feel young again
So they pick up two and quiet the cravin’

Now that your attention is mine
Do you hear my desperate cries

Will OSHA come and save my soul
Will OSHA come and save my, save my soul
Will OSHA come and save my soul
Will OSHA come and save my soul

TV dinners and corporate sinners
No union shepherd to lead me to the still waters
Of easy livin’ and paid vacation
The middle class is workin’ its ass off
For a piece of the cake or some 401k
What good is a savior that’s as bad as my captor
So hope and dread that my soul will be raptured

Now that your attention is mine
Do you feel their watchin’ eyes

Will OSHA come and save my soul
Will OSHA come and save my, save my soul
Will OSHA come and save my soul
Will OSHA come and save my soul

Mint Jelly Dreams

Written By: Justin Olson

Misinformed decision
Mrs. Formal livin’
Missin’ forms in the policeman’s drawers
Misinformed decision

Misinformed decision
Solidify your position

Won’t you be my, my pork pie
Mint jelly dreams, nights of Dramamine
Your Sunday’s best is a short dress
‘Bout yay high, nothin’ more… nothin’ less

The boy’s alright by me
The boy’s alright

Missin’ my religion
Mystic forms and visions
After all, who has seen it all
Missin’ my religion

Missin’ my religion
Solidify your position

Won’t you be my eye in the sky
Watchin’ constantly, voyeur fantasy
Take what you need, I won’t say a word
But don’t you dare take more than you are deserved

The boy’s alright by me
The boy’s alright

Discography

'Method for the Madness' - 2004
"Plastic Scissors" on 'Fantastic Day' - 2006
"Curious Joe" - Internet Single - 2006
'Songs for the Common MANiac' - 2006
"Get On" - Music Video
'Flight of the Jabberwock' - 2007

MadHat's music has seen countless airplay on the following, but not only, live and Internet radio stations and podcasts: The Creepy Sleepy Podcast, 89.1 The Buzz, 95.1 KSKY, The Schwagcast, Soundtrip Podcast, Matchbox Radio 24, Radio Freakout, Hotel Coffee Podcast, Styrofoam Radio, Bad Dawg Radio, Antecubital Liposuction Podcast, and Skye Radio!

The MadHat's album, 'Songs for the Common MANiac,' can be purchased at many great retailers including: Itunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com, Borders Bookstores, MusicGremlin.com, CDbaby.com, and many more.

Set List

The MadHats play their own brand of original music. They play anywhere from 45 minute to 4 hour sets. The MadHats bave been known to cover the following bands: Primus, Ween, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, and Modest Mouse.